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Why Your Business Needs a Jib Crane

July 25, 2016 11:35 am
Why Your Business Needs a Jib Crane

Most people underestimate how hard owning and operating of a small business can be. Although running any small business is challenging, running an industrialized small business can be even harder. There are many different variables that can affect how your  and neglecting any one of them can be disastrous. A vital part of making sure that your industrialized business runs properly is having the right equipment in place. One of the most popular pieces equipment used in many industrialized businesses is a jib crane. The following are a few of the benefits of buying a jib crane.

Compact and Functional

One of the biggest benefits of having a jib crane for your business is that it is very compact yet totally functional. These types of cranes take a very minimal amount of space, which is great for a business owner with limited square footage. You need to check around and see which jib crane will be the best fit for your needs and business type. The more you know about the type of crane you need for your business, the better equipped you will be to find the right one to buy.


Another benefit of owning a jib crane is that you will be able to take advantage of its versatility. Due to its design, the jib crane is able to pick up a variety of different oddly shaped materials. This is especially good for people who deal in oddly shaped heavy materials that have to be moved on a regular basis. Other cranes are only designed to move certain types of loads, which can prohibit you from expanding the operations that you have.

Cost Effective

Another benefit of using a jib crane for your business is that it will allow you to save money while getting the moving power that you need. In most cases, jib cranes are much cheaper to use than other types of cranes and have just as much power. The upkeep on a jib crane is usually very minimal, which can also save you money in the long run. You need to call around to the local jib crane providers in your area, in order to assess who has the best price on what you need.

The money that is spent on a quality piece of equipment will be more than worth it. The right supplier will be able to get you the best possible equipment for the right prices.

Article by Vivian R. Smith.

The Capital Ukrainian Festival – In Pictures

July 24, 2016 11:26 pm
The Capital Ukrainian Festival – In Pictures

All photos by Andre Gagne.

Full of vibrant colours, tasty foods, dancing, music and tradition, the Capital Ukrainian Festival was a sharing of culture and community for the thousands who attended. Relive some festival highlights in our photo gallery.

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Ottawa Life’s Festival City Series will provide a unique look at some of your favourite summer events.We’ll go beyond the music with artist interviews, volunteer profiles, concert reviews and spotlights on the tastes, sights and sounds of the festival season. Your city! Your festivals! Your summer! Like a good sunscreen, Ottawa Life has you covered.

Two Festivals Combine for an Evening of Ukrainian Music

July 23, 2016 9:51 am
Two Festivals Combine for an Evening of Ukrainian Music

All photos by Andre Gagne.

September, 1891. With little more than what could be carried the first immigrants from the Ukraine left their homeland with all the fears, worry and wonder that accompany the following of hopeful dreams in an uncertain time. Hearing about the free land of Canada, a peasant contractor named Iwan Pylypiw, struggling upon hard times, convinced some friends to make the long journey into the unknown. Touching down in the East and making their way West, they are considered the first Ukrainian settlers to Canada.

Upon his return to his home country to collect his family, Pylypiw spoke of huge open spaces, great green patches of unsettled land in Canada but, with much skepticism of his promises, he was arrested for sedition and soliciting emigration as well as fraud. The seed had been planted, however, in the minds of many Ukrainian people who believed him and the publicity garnered by his trial only reached more of those seeking a change.

When released from prison, Pylypiw caught up with what he had started, settling with his family in Edna-Star Alberta. Once a poor contractor, he died at the age of 77 a wealthy man.

With him, the first wave had begun and they settled in the semi-wooded areas of the Prairie Provinces, places that reminded them of home. The people, mostly peasants and farmers, were instrumental in developing homes and towns in southeast Manitoba but across the country they built roads, worked on railways, established farms and their letters home fueled further waves of Ukrainians to join them.

Chamberfest Day 2 (4 of 15)

Roman Borys

The parents of Roman Borys were part of one of those waves, both settling in Canada as children before meeting, marrying and starting a family here. Roman, the oldest of his siblings, couldn’t speak English until he was taught the language in kindergarten. Still, like Pylypiw before him, he has found success in Canada as an accomplished cellist with the Gryphon Trio and Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

“Roman is a very well respected and well known member of the Ukrainian community.  He has distinguished himself as one of Canada’s leading artistic voices,” says Jane Kolbe, chair of the Capital Ukrainian Festival.

Related: Capital Ukrainian Festival Flag Waves High

Kolbe was surprised when she received a call in the early spring with a wonderful suggestion. Borys wanted to honour the 125TH Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada at Chamberfest.  For the first time, on July 22, the festival would jointly present a program with the Capital Ukrainian Festival. Both festivals run congruent of each other and a crossover would be perfect timing but, also, at least for Kolbe, caused a little re-evaluation of programming.

“It was a little bit of a challenge for the Capital Ukrainian Festival at first, because, in order to put proper focus on the musical program of the Ottawa Chamberfest, we had to come up with a unique plan for our Friday night show,” she says, adding that instead of a music program they offered a fashion themed evening.

Chamberfest Day 2 (9 of 15)

Gryphon Trio

For the gala performance, the Gryphon Trio were joined by baritone Russell Braun, soprano Monica Whicher, viola player Graham Oppenheimer and the Ewashko Singers for an evening of works Borys and Kolbe ensured would reveal the ways Ukrainian cultural traditions contributed to chamber music. The plan was to create a musical bridge between both countries.

“In recognizing the 125th we remind ourselves how it was that this country, it’s cultural, social and economic fabric, was established by people from all over the world,” Borys tells Ottawa Life. “The Gryphon Trio is itself quite culturally diverse with a combined set of roots stemming from Japan, Thailand, Germany, the UK, and Ukraine.”

“Because of Roman’s heritage and personal and professional relationships, the trio has been fortunate to travel and perform in the Ukraine on two different occasions. There wasn’t any question that the trio would be involved in this concert,” adds trio violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon.

The program opened with Antoine Dvořák’s “Dumky Trio”. The dumka, literally meaning “thought”, is a type of epic ballad that originated in the Ukraine. Dvořák completed the trio for piano, violin and cello in 1891 and it is one of his best known works. It features six dumkas and immediately established the connections Borys was seeking, setting the mood for the rest of the evening.

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Russell Braun, Monica Whicher and pianist James Parker

Two choral works by one of the most celebrated Ukrainian composers, Valentin Silvestrov, opened the second half of the evening.

“Silvestrov is one of my personal favourites. The Gryphon Trio has worked with him on many occasions and I’m very familiar with his massive collection of choral works,” says Borys. “This was a great opportunity for choral conductor Laurence Ewashko to explore this amazing work.”

Chamberfest Day 2 (10 of 15)

Russell Braun

Guests Braun and Whicher have been singing in Ukrainian for many years working with the Ukrainian Art Song Project.  The project, founded in 2004, aims to record an anthology of over 1,000 art songs by 26 Ukrainian composers. Gryphon Trio members have contributed to the project in the past so it seemed a natural fit to Borys to invite them to sing the solos in excerpts from a new piece entitled “Golden Harvest” by Ukrainian Canadian composer Larysa Kuzmenko to close out the evening.

“The work tells the story of a Ukrainian family coming to Canada and settling in the west at the beginning of the 20th century,” explains Borys. “Kuzmenko has reworked the orchestral part for piano and four strings and audiences will be able to hear the full large scale version when it is performed in Ottawa next spring.”

Chamberfest Day 2 (14 of 15)

The Ewashko Singers

“This is the story of Canada,” Borys told the crowd gathered, many of them of Ukrainian heritage. “(It’s) people coming from all over the world making very tough contributions, creating the foundation upon which this great country has grown and evolved. I think that’s an incredible thing to celebrate.”

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival continues with daily performances until August 3. The Capital Ukrainian Festival continues today and tomorrow at 953 Green Valley Crescent and is a free event that welcomes all.


Ottawa Life’s Festival City Series will provide a unique look at some of your favourite summer events.We’ll go beyond the music with artist interviews, volunteer profiles, concert reviews and spotlights on the tastes, sights and sounds of the festival season. Your city! Your festivals! Your summer! Like a good sunscreen, Ottawa Life has you covered.

If I Only Had $100… I Would Buy at LCBO Vintages

July 22, 2016 1:09 pm
If I Only Had $100… I Would Buy at LCBO Vintages

Welcome to my first edition of If I only had $100, I would buy….as a Savvy Sommelier, I speak fluent wine & I am a wine lover on mission… err budget. Since we are in the heat of the summer, I cannot think of a better way to cool off than scoping out some easy drinking summer sipping wines.

LCBO NEW VINTAGEAs much as I wish I could indulge in the most high-end bottles of white Burgundy, Champagne and California cult classics, I am limited to a very reasonable budget for this shopping spree. Believe me, you do not need to win LottoMaxto find a nice stash of good quality wines on the LCBO Vintages shelves. Leave it with me to seek out these wines for you.

Let’s jump right into it!


If I only had $100, I would buy…
Saturday July 23, 2016

Boya 2015 Sauvignon Blanc


Leyda Valley, Chile
LCBO Vintages 389726 | $15.95 | 12.5% alcohol

Let’s just start by noting that Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is “a grape to watch!” The Leyda Valley is a cool climate growing region in Southern Chile producing remarkable Sauvignon Blancs white wines and also to note Pinot Noirs. The Boya Sauvignon Blanc stood out to me for two reasons: it had classic notes of both a New and Old World style Sauvignon Blancs, and it’s a bargain!

The key aromas and flavours include lemongrass, passion fruit, canned green vegetable and fresh green herbs. Mark my words that Chile’s up and coming cool climate whites rivaling many others on the world stage, and this one is no exception. This easy going medium bodied white wine will pair well with grilled pork souvlaki drizzled in fresh tzatziki.

Redstone Limestone Vineyard South 2012 Riesling

Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment VQA, ON
$19.20 (Vintages 381251) 10% alcohol


Redstone Winery – a sister winery to Tawse Wines – is one of the Niagara Escarpment’s newly opened wineries and there are lots to discover here! This Riesling is a great start. It showcases the extensive potential for more and more well-crafted wines in pocketed areas of the Niagara Escarpment. Pour yourself a glass and immediately notice the rush of minerality (winespeak: think of the smell of a shower curtain – yes a shower curtain!) in your face.

As you get past the intense interesting smell, you’ll notice citrus zest, wild flower honey and ripe stone fruit. Take your first sip and the deal is sealed! You’ll notice flavours of ripe red delicious apple, pear, honey and beeswax. The acidity is high and tasty and the finish is long. Enjoy pairing this wine with spicy Thai shrimp rice rolls.

Masi Rosa dei Masi 2015 Rose


Venezie, Italy IGT
$15.95  Vintages 377267  13% alcohol

Full disclosure: This wine caught my attention due to its gorgeous brilliant blush pink appearance. Once I gave it try I was even more attracted. This rosé is made from the Italian Refosco grape and a percentage of these grapes where dried before vinification, like they practice when making Reciotto, Amarone and Ripasso wines.

The aromas are dominated by floral notes. The palate is light-bodied, dry with fruity flavours and a crisp and refreshing acidity. Enjoy sipping this wine with a salumi or charcuterie platter while cooling off on a warm summer day.

Abad Dom Bueno Mencia 2008


Beirzo, Spain
$15.95  Vintages 291989  13.5% alcohol

What a bargain! Sips of this red wine will easily turn into glasses – and then perhaps even bottles – for a gloriously good time.

This Spanish wine is made from old Mencia grapevines in Bierzo (north west Spain). The aromas are pronounced with developing notes of ripe raspberries, black currants, cigar box, vanilla bean and earthy notes. The palate is dry with chewy tannins tamed by a complementary mouthwatering acidity, and layers of flavours, including cooked berry fruit, vanilla, cedar, and tobacco. Enjoy this robust Spanish red wine with grilled beef.

Caiarossa Bergolaia 2009

Toscana, Italy IGT
$31.95  Vintages 460098  14% alcohol

This is one for keeps. Meaning that it’s good to cellar for a special evening with family or friends. Or perhaps save until this winter. Heads up, like all wines in Vintages, get this wine while you can, because when it is gone from the shelves, it will not be available again.

This Italian red wine is a blend dominated by the iconic Tuscan grape – Sangiovese – and some Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It is rich and robust yet fine and elegant. Key notes include red berries, black plum, sweet spice and smoke. It has terrific structure, balance, body and enticing length on the palate. Tannins are still young and chewy so decant 1-2 hours prior to serving. If you wish to cellar a couple of these bottes, it can sit for another 5-7 years. Enjoy with a prime rib roast.

And the tab comes to a…
Grand Total of $99.00!


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